Carnes Wins Research Honors

Sanford School Assistant Professor of Public Policy Nick Carnes has won two awards from the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Carl Albert Dissertation Award for best doctoral dissertation in the area of legislative studies, and the Sage Paper Award for best paper in comparative politics.

Carnes’ winning doctoral dissertation “By the Upper Class, For the Upper Class? Representational Inequality and Economic Policymaking in the United States” explores the socioeconomic inequality that exists in Congress and its effects on economic policy outcomes. It is the basis for his forthcoming book, White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making (University of Chicago Press, November 2013). Carnes will receive the Carl Albert award on Aug. 30, 2013 during APSA’s annual meeting in Chicago. While completing his doctoral studies at Princeton University, Carnes received the university’s Wilson Scholars Fellowship.

Carnes will receive the Sage Award jointly with Noam Lupu, assistant professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Their paper, “Rethinking the Comparative Perspective on Class and Representation: Evidence from Latin America” will be recognized at the comparative politics section’s meeting on Aug. 31, 2013, also in Chicago. The paper examines the lack of working-class representation in Latin American governments.

Carnes joined the Sanford faculty in 2011 after receiving his PhD in politics and social policy from Princeton. At Duke, he has pursued research in the fields of American government and politics, specifically congressional decision-making and reform and political participation. He also serves as co-director of the Research Triangle chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network.